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  1. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-49081786 In the straight head-to-head between the US and UK as to who can be the most politically messed-up of the OECD nations...well, I think it's neck and neck.
  2. https://ew.com/tv/2019/06/03/chernobyl-craig-mazin-finale-interview/ "I think what we’re struggling with now is something worse. The planet is heating, the climate is changing. We know this. We have not just one scientist or two, but thousands screaming this at us at the top of their lungs. And we have a government full of disinterested, stubborn people who are going to cling to their denial and their nonsense. And that’s where we are. As I said, we are in the control room right now, and there is time, but it’s running out." Yes.
  3. Nah man, you're a little off, I love my tech and I think it as critical to human survival as watching and being mindful of what we do to the planet is. Both are damn important IMO. But thanks for the compliment - leaving a better world for those who inhabit it after me does drive me, yeah.
  4. As much as I'd like to see action taken to reduce emissions, I've got to agree that this is a half-arsed and badly-designed way of going about it. For one, there has to be a clear money trail from the charging to initiatives that reduce emissions.
  5. Chinese government in oppressive crackdown shocker. I do sincerely hope the HKers are able to hold the line on this one.
  6. is that the impression given? Just because I want more of them planted and preserve the ones we've got, doesn't mean I want to live among them. More comfortable living through (sustainable) improvements in technology, please.
  7. As much as the Chinese government are authoritarian, brutal buggers and seeing someone stand up to them is nice, let's not pretend that this particular piece of "defending the international rule of law" is all that altruistic - if the UK really had altruism at heart, it would be taking action against (or at least talking about) many more breaches of international law than it does. Enforcement on such international laws seems to be very...ad hoc. And there's a reason for that. Once you get past the fuzzy PR, this is another example of the UK following the rules of realpolitik: "We're protecting our interests and those of our allies. It is what every other country is doing, and we'd be foolish not to do so too." What one makes of that is purely down to the beholder, but some honesty that it is the case would be nice. I actually don't believe it to be pointless for those reasons above (though I personally believe most military action by most actors anywhere to be pointless, I also know that in a democratic system that doesn't matter so long as there are more people who perceive otherwise).
  8. TBF at least gang members help keep other people, viz.the police force, in work as well as contributing to keeping the money going round.
  9. https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/07/american-kids-would-much-rather-be-youtubers-than-astronauts/ Well, this is depressing.
  10. You're right, they should. There's certainly enough to go after there...what with the threats to womens and LGBT rights, the current healthcare snafu and the total horror show ecologically.
  11. I was being somewhat facetious, but you're absolutely sure you haven't expressed that sentiment (though probably not in those exact words) before on here...as in totally certain? As certain of that as you are of the rest of your words here? If you really believe that the extent of human influence is open to debate, then it follows that the number of humans on the planet - no matter what nation - might not actually mean that much after all. My viewpoint on population increase is irrelevant - we're talking about your stance on it right now. I'd like to ask again; what do you propose as a direct solution if you believe that to be a problem? All of that said, again it's time to think solutions, yes. I'd agree that all of the major nations need to chip in and all of them - not just China and India - are lacking in that regard in terms of policy right now. The only nations really taking it seriously are the major European nations, who sadly make up only a minimal part of the total emissions anyway, as I believe you have said. I agree that sometimes protests and action are happening in the wrong places, but should the excrement ever hit the fan it will be the responsibility of those who actually had power at the time - and I don't see why those protests are being used often as a convenient excuse to ignore the science. Solar PV arrays are the best of renewable tech and they are getting more efficient fast, but I wouldn't rule out offshore wind as an option too. Hydro is a good shout depending on location...but at the end of the day I'm still thinking that Gen III and IV fission have their part to play in all this too, particularly for large-scale generation. As temperatures go up, demand is going to go up - for energy, food, water, everything - and humanity needs to be ready for that. Lessening our reliance on oil, gas and coal power makes sense for a variety of reasons, and I'm glad you're thinking on that too.
  12. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-49052360 Of course it's lies, Mr Bullshitaro. Of course.
  13. It's not a 100% slam dunk certainty - not without the cycle continuing for longer - but there is not much reason to suspect that the trend will go anywhere but up, particularly in the short term. Human civilisation needs to be ready for the effects of that.
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